HVIS Virtual Quiz Night

Welcome to the HVIS Virtual Quiz night.

Section 1: Sports

Questions curated by Declan Duggan and Catriona Gill

1) What year was the only All-Ireland Football Final played outside Ireland?

A. 1947
B. 1948
C. 1949
D. 1950

2) The most successful Hurling team has won the Senior Hurling Championship 36 times. Which is it?

A. Cork
B. Tipperary
C. Dublin
D. Kilkenny

3) What Irishman is due to captain the European Ryder cup team this year?

A. Rory McIlroy
B. Padraig Harrington
C. Tyrrell Hatton
D. Tommy Fleetwood

4) What is the name of the kiwi rugby player sent of in the Rugby world cup while playing for Ireland?

A. Bundee Aki
B. Andrew Porter
C. Billy Burns
D. Doug Howlett

5) What is the name of the current English ODI cricket captain?

A. Joe Root
B. Ben Stokes
C. Eoin Morgan
D. Stuart Broad

6) Who scored the winning penalty for Ireland in the 1990 Football world cup game versus Romania?

A. Dave O'Leary
B. Mick McCarthy
C. Niall Quinn
D. John Byrne

7) Can you name the swimmer stripped of her medals following the 1996 Olympics?

A. Sonia O'Sullivan
B. Rhona Barry
C. Marion Madine
D. Michelle Smith de Bruin

8) Name the former Taoiseach who has 6 GAA All-Ireland medals?

9) Who scored the winning try for the All Blacks v Munster with just 4 mins left to go in the game in 2008?

A. Mils Muliaina
B. Joe Rokocoko
C. Andrew Hore
D. Dan Carter

10) Who did Dennis Taylor defeat on the final black ball to win the 1985 world snooker championship?

A. Steve Davis
B. Jimmy White
C. Joe Johnson
D. Alex Higgins

Section 2: Music

Questions curated by Gerry Paul

1) What traditional ballad has the lyrics "One, Two, Three, Four, Five”

A. Follow me up to Carlow
B. The Rocky Road to Dublin
C. Skibbereen
D. Dublin City 1913

2) Which modern Irish iconic singer that headlined NZ Irish Fest in 2018 wrote the song “Colony”?

3) How many Grammy Awards have U2 won?

A. 2
B. 11
C. 22
D. 46

4) Which famous Irish balladeer was the fourth member to join Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn and Donal Lunny to make up the original Planxty lineup in 1972?

A. Matt Molloy
B. Nollaig Casey
C. Christy Moore
D. Paul Brady

5) Who wrote the song “Nothing Compares to You”, covered by Sinead O’Connor in 1990?

A. Rev Tina Baker
B. Prince
C. Robert Moe / Paul Neal
D. Emmanuel Adu

6) Who founded the charity supergroup Band Aid in 1984?

A. Midge Ure
B. Trevor Horn
C. Phil Collins
D. Bob Geldof

7) Bono famously gave his sunglasses as a present to who?

A. Roy Orbison
B. Pope John Paul II
C. Sting
D. Pope Benedict XVI

8) What famous Irish accordion player played on the Waterboys album “Fisherman’s Blues”?

A. Sharon Shannon
B. Kathy Burke
C. Joe Burke
D. Tony Allen

9) Who is the best selling Irish artist after U2?

A. Boyzone
B. Desi O’ Halloran
C. Enya
D. Westlife

10) According to Percy French's song, what do the Mourne Mountains famously do?

A. Look down on me [i.e. on the singer]
B. Stand far and distant
C. Keep me from my love
D. Sweep down to the sea

Section 3: Politics

Questions curated by Teresa Ryan

1) What year did the first female President of Ireland take office?

A. 1960
B. 1990
C. 1916
D. 1980

2) How long is the term of office for the President of Ireland?

A. Life
B. 5 years
C. 7 years
D. 1 year

3) How many TD’s (MP’s) are in Dàil Eireann (Irish Parliament)?

A. 160
B. 365
C. 99
D. 32

4. The Speaker of Dàil Eireann is called.. ?

A. Tànaiste
B. Taoiseach
C. Fear an Ti
D. Ceann Comhairle

5) How many signatories were there to the 1916 Proclamations?

A. 12
B. 6
C. 7
D. 9

6) Who said the following… “It is not correct and if I said so I was not correct. I cannot recall if I said it but I did not say, or if I did, I did not mean to say it

A. Brian Gahan
B. Boris Johnson
C. Brian Cowen
D. Bertie Ahern

7) Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976?

A. The Village People
B. Pan’s People
C. The Peace People
D. The Little People

8) What does the word Taoiseach mean in English?

A. Gobshite
B. Chief
C. House of Tea
D. Chairman

9) Which of these Buildings is known as Stormont where the Northern Ireland Assembly sits?


10) Which Dublin Landmark did Kiwis defend in the 1916 Easter Rising?

A. Trinity College
B. Christchurch Cathedral
C. The GPO
D. The Brazen Head

Section 4: Irish Myths, Legends & Fairy stories

Questions curated by Alice Paul

1) Who was Finn McCool's father?

2) How many children were in the legend The Children of Lir?

A. 1 child
B. 2 children
C. 3 children
D. 4 children

3) What is a "changeling"?

A. Someone who keeps changing his/her mind
B. offspring of a fairy
C. a replacement player in a game of Hurling
D. a trans-gender person

4) Who is the female patron saint of Ireland?

A. St Brigid
B. Mother Theresa
C. Aoife
D. Maeve

5) What Irish navigator inspired Columbus to look for the route to the Indies?

A. Finbarr
B. Colmcille
C. Fintan
D. Brendan

6) In Irish legend who travelled to Tír na nÓg, or the Celtic Otherworld, in order to marry a beautiful fairy woman (and return 300 years later)

A. Cúchulainn
B. Conchobar mac Nessa
C. Oisín
D. Déclán

7) When was it thought to be a time when the door to the Otherworld was opened allowing the souls of the dead to walk freely between worlds and join us in ours.

A. New Year's Eve
B. Halloween or Samhain
C. Bealtaine
D. Lughnasadh

8) In Irish legend who was Deirdre of the Sorrows forced to marry?

A. King Concbhar McNeassa (Conor McNeassa)
B. Cúchulainn
C. Lugh
D. Bodb Derg

9) In which Irish river was there a magic fish called the Salmon of Knowledge?

A. River Liffey
B. The Shannon
C. The Boyne
D. River Erne

10) Which famous King led Irish forces at The Battle of Clontarf against the Vikings?

A. Brian Boru
B. Cúchulainn
C. Oisín
D. Conchobar mac Nessa

Section 5: Geography

Questions curated by David Duffy

1) Which are the 3 Ulster counties in the Republic?

A. Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan
B. Donegal, Monaghan, Leitrim
C. Donegal, Cavan, Armagh
D. Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh

2) What is the name of the mountain in Mayo where an annual pilgrimage takes place?

A. Slieve Donard
B. Ben Lugmore
C. Croagh Patrick
D. Slieve Carr

3) Which is the smallest county in Ireland?

A. Cork
B. Offaly
C. Leitrim
D. Louth

4) What is the name of the largest river that flows through Belfast?

A. Conn's Water
B. River Lagan
C. The Blackwater
D. The Erne

5) The "Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W.B.Yeats is about which actual place?

A. Lough Gill, Co Sligo
B. Lough Allen, Co Sligo
C. Lough Mask, Co Mayo
D. Lough Carra, Co Mayo

6) If you were described as living "beyond The Pale", where would you NOT be living?

A. In Galway City
B. In Cobh
C. In Belfast
D. In Dublin City

7) Where does the N17 Highway, made famous in the song of that name, go from and go to?

A. Sligo to Lifford, Co Donegal
B. Co Galway to Co Sligo
C. Co Sligo to Blacklion, County Cavan
D. Co Galway to Co Limerick

8) The famous Powerscourt Waterfall is on which river.

A. River Liffey
B. Dargle River
C. Shannon River
D. River Suir

9) The geologic feature known as The Giant's Causeway is the result of:

A. Glacial scouring
B. A Causeway built by Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool)
C. Cooling of Volcanic rock
D. Ancient mining activity

10) Which Harbour is Ireland's only fjord?

A. Belfast Harbour
B. Cork Harbour
C. Rosslare Harbour
D. Killary Harbour

Section 6: Irish Film

Questions curated by Bryan Mulligan

1) What film famously made the village of Cong, in County Mayo, into a mecca for fans of this movie?

A. The Van
B. The Field
C. The Guard
D. The Quiet Man

2) Cate Blanchett stars as a doomed Irish journalist in what film of the same name?

A. Nuala O'Faolain
B. Lyra Catherine McKee
C. Veronica Guerin
D. Geraldine Kennedy

3) In the award-winning film 'Braveheart', where was the Battle of Stirling Bridge filmed?

A. Curragh Plains, County Kildare
B. The Glens of Antrim
C. Maam Bridge, County Galway
D. Mullingar, County Westmeath

4) Colm Meaney starred in a 1996 funny film as an unemployable middle aged man just before the Celtic Tiger period. What was the name of the film?

A. The Van
B. The Field
C. The Guard
D. Waking Ned

5) Daniel Day-Lewis won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in which 1989 film?

A. There Will Be Blood
B. My Left Foot
C. Gangs of New York
D. Lincoln

6) Which Irish actress won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in My Left Foot?

A. Sinéad Cusack
B. Aisling O'Sullivan
C. Brenda Fricker
D. Geraldine Fitzgerald

7) What was the film made by Jim Sheridan, starring Richard Harris, and set in Leenane on Killary Harbour, County Galway?

A. The Field
B. The Guard
C. The Boxer
D. Borstal Boy

8) What film was set in the fictional Irish village of Tulaigh Mhór (Tullymore), about a man who had won the National Lottery?

A. Borstal Boy
B. Flick
C. Inside I'm Dancing
D. Waking Ned

9) Why was the 2007 film Kings, based on the book The Kings of the Kilburn High Road unusual?

A. Shot in black and white
B. Irish language film
C. No musical soundtrack
D. Shot with fixed cameras only

10) Which 1993 Irish box office success’s tickets were issued with a glossary in the U.S.?

A. The Snapper
B. In The Name of The Father
C. War of the Buttons
D. You, Me & Marley

Section 7: 1916 Rising

Questions curated by Desiree and Bryan Mulligan

1) Whereabouts in Dublin was the General Post Office, outside which the Irish republic was proclaimed on Easter Monday , 1916?

2. In April 1914, the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) smuggled in guns and ammunition from Germany. Where and when were the guns smuggled in to?

A. Larne, during the night
B. Larne, in the middle of the day
C. Howth, in the middle of the day
D. Howth, during the night

3. Where did Eamon de Valera and his insurgents fight from when they fought the British Army on April 26th, 1916?

A. Liberty Hall
B. Bolands Mill
C. The General Post Office (GPO)
D. Dublin Castle

4. Which of these ordered all insurgents to lay down their arms on Saturday, the 29th of April 1916, leading to the surrender of the insurgents?

A. James Connolly
B. Patrick Pearse
C. Eoin MacNeill
D. Eamon de Valera

5. How many of the seven people who signed the Proclamation of The Irish Republic were executed?

A. Five
B. Six - de Valera was let off, partly due to his American birthplace
C. None - all received life sentences
D. All seven

6. What was the name of the boat which failed to deliver arms from Germany ahead of the rising?

A. The Asgard
B. Clan na Gael
C. The Aud
D. SMS Friedrich

7. One of these lines is from the US Declaration of Independence, NOT the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Which one?

A. In the name of God and of the dead generations
B. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people
C. For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province
D. Under the protection of the Most High God

8. Where was Michael Collins stationed during the rising?

A. The GPO
B. Liberty Hall
C. Dublin City Hall
D. He did not take part

9. Who commanded the British forces in Dublin during the rising?

A. Field Marshal Charles Potter
B. Major-General Arthur Wood
C. Brigadier-General William Lowe
D. Lieutenant-General Herman Atkiss

10. What was the name of the Welsh prison camp that interned many participants after the rising?

A. Pen y Fan
B. Snowdon
C. Frongach
D. Clwydian

Section 8: Literature

Questions curated by Adrian Peoples

1) Out of the silent planet is the first in a space trilogy by which renowned Irish author?

A. CS Lewis
B. Jonathon Swift
C. William Congreve
D. Oliver St. John Gogarty

2) The Quare Fellow was the first staged play written by:

A. Dermot Bolger
B. Brendan Behan
C. Samuel Beckett
D. Anne Devlin

3) Which modern Irish writer has famously claimed that she never reads the work of men, because they are "not worth reading"?

A. Marian Keyes
B. Elizabeth Knox
C. Sheila O’Flanagan
D. Edna O'Brien

4) In the bibliography of works written by James Joyce, which of the following is the odd one out?

A. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
B. Exiles
C. Ulysses
D. Finnegans Wake

5) Who wrote the children's story The Happy Prince?

A. W.B. Yeats
B. Oscar Wilde
C. John Boyle O'Reilly
D. Seán Ó Ríordáin

6) Which modern poet has one of his poems inscribed on a memorial in a park, reputedly a burial ground for 1798 victims, beside the River Liffey?

A. Æ (George William Russell)
B. Michael Davitt
C. Cecil Day-Lewis
D. Seamus Heaney

7) Which modern politician and writer wrote these words:
"In the journey to the light,
the dark moments
should not threaten.

A. Leo Varadkar
B. Mary Robinson
C. Michael D. Higgins
D. Simon Coveney

8) Which widely acclaimed female Irish writer, qualified as a pharmacist when she was younger?

A. Ruth Frances Long
B. Edna O'Brien
C. Maeve Kelly
D. Marian Keyes

9) Who wrote books called Wilderness, The Guts, and Rory and Ita?

A. Patrick Kavanagh
B. Seán O'Casey
C. Roddy Doyle
D. Peter Sheridan

10) The musical film and stage-play My Fair Lady is based on which play by George Bernard Shaw?

A. Heartbreak House
B. The Apple Cart
C. Too True to be Good
D. Pygmalion

Section 9: Famous (Irish) People

Questions curated by Faran Foley

1) Which Donegal native comedian who appeared in both Father Ted and Derry girls??

A. Brendan O'Carroll
B. Tommy Tiernan
C. Ardal O'Hanlon
D. Dara Ó Briain

2) Name the Irish architect who designed Donald Trump's current residence?

3) Which Olympic gold medalist has an undefeated professional boxing record?

A. Barry McGuigan
B. Micky Ward
C. Conor McGregor
D. Katie Taylor

4) Name the Irish novelist who has sold over 25 million copies worldwide with 2 books adapted to major films? (Hint her father's a former Taoiseach)

5) Born in Cork he began his early career as a muscian but after turning down a record deal has since moved into tv and films. You may know him more recently for his period TV series in which he played a blinder? Who is he?

A. Cillian Murphy
B. Colin Farrell
C. Liam Neeson
D. Niall Tóibín

6) Hailed as the worlds greatest guitarist by Jimi Hendrix, an annual festival is named after him in Ballyshannon. Who is he?

7) Name the Irish businessman and racehorse owner who once owned a share in Manchester United?

A. J.P McManus
B. Pallonji Mistry
C. Denis O’Brien
D. Dermot Desmond

8) He was a Trinity graduate who became a household name in Irish television and radio, and starred alongside Dustin the Turkey and Zig and Zag? What is his name?

9) Name the Irish politican who has received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize and Martin Luther King Award?

A. Conor Cruise O'Brien
B. Charles Haughey
C. Bertie Ahern
D. John Hume

10) Name the Celebrity Chef from Blacklion, Co. Cavan, who writes a weekly column in the Irish Farmers Journal?

A. Neven Maguire
B. Gordon Ramsay
C. Bobby Flay
D. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Section 10: General Knowledge

Questions curated by Lynn O'Toole

1) Who served as the seventh President of Ireland?

2) Name the Irish rowing brothers who shocked the world in the 2016 by winning Ireland’s first ever Olympic medal in rowing?

A. Gary and Paul O’Donovan
B. Glenn and Aidan Quinn
C. Joe and Kevin Burke
D. Mark and Thomas Geary

3) Which Irish international left Arsenal in 1980 for Juventus?

A. Matt Doherty
B. Kieran O'Hara
C. Liam Brady
D. Glenn Whelan

4) What renowned Irish author wore an eye patch?

A. Oscar Wilde
B. CS Lewis
C. James Joyce
D. Jonathan Swift

5) Who played as Peter McGuire in the ‘The Crying Game’?

A. Adrian Dunbar
B. Stephen Rea
C. Ralph Brown
D. Jim Corr

6) Who is this, featured on an old Irish 5 Pound note?

Name this band?

8) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is Irish and what other ethnicity?

A. Indian
B. Polish
C. Kenyan-born Indian
D. Pakistani

9) Japan stunned Ireland in the famous Rugby World Cup 2019 upset. What was the final Japan V Ireland score?

A. Japan 12 V 19 Ireland
B. Japan 19 V 12 Ireland
C. Japan 29 V 12 Ireland
D. Japan 29 V 24 Ireland

10) How many counties border Tipperary?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 6
D. 8

Good Luck!

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